If you have root-level access to a hosting server, it means that you will have full control of it. That is to say, you can install any server-side app irrespective of the changes that it'll make to the software environment on your server, and you will be able to both access and customize any kind of file, which includes system files, and modify various settings. You can do this by connecting to the server as a root user who has full privileges to perform all these things and also to generate other users, including users that also have full privileges. The connection can be established through a web-based graphical interface or a Secure Shell console. For security reasons, it is recommended that you create another user for your daily work and use the root user only when you need to modify the server or to install software which may be needed by a script-driven app that you would like to run.

Full Root-level Access in VPS

You'll be able to manage your new virtual private servers at the root level whatever the plan which you've selected, as long as the server is ordered with either the cPanel or the DirectAdmin website hosting Control Panel, or without Control Panel at all. In the first case, multiple system settings can be managed from an intuitive web-based interface, whereas in the second, you will have to make everything using a console, unless you decide to set up a Control Panel yourself. Either way, you'll have full control over the VPS and any kind of system or custom content on it all of the time, that makes this type of hosting perfect for any application which you can't run with a shared web hosting account because of the restricted level of access - frameworks, VoIP and audio/video streaming software, etc. The last VPS Control Panel option is Hepsia, however the root access to your server is restricted.

Full Root-level Access in Dedicated Hosting

If you select the cPanel or the DirectAdmin web hosting Control Panel, you'll have full root access to your new dedicated server, regardless of which of our packages you will pick throughout the signup process. The exact same is valid when you decide not to use a Control Panel at all. All of our servers give you the opportunity to run both very resource-demanding apps which are too heavy for a shared hosting account and apps which have particular requirements as to what the software environment on your server needs to be. The latter is something that cannot be achieved on a shared machine, since no server-side software can be installed on it. The difference between the aforementioned solutions is that without a Control Panel, server management can be done only from a console, whereas if you obtain cPanel or DirectAdmin, most of the system settings along with your web content will be managed through a graphical interface. If you select Hepsia, that is the last Control Panel option on the order page, you will receive a server with limited root access.